Up-and-coming artists and producers who are looking to make a name for themselves in the music industry but don't have the budget to purchase high-end equipment or studio time quite often are forced to write, record and release material by any means necessary. For instance, Anderson .Paak recorded most of Malibu on a Mac Mini with an old, dented microphone before signing a record contract with Dr. Dre and Aftermath, and underground Brooklyn rapper Prince Harvey famously recorded an entire album at the SoHo Apple Store in New York.
Just because an artist has a budget for upscale studio time or expensive equipment, however, doesn't mean it needs to be spent.
Just ask producer TM88, a six-year veteran who has worked with the likes of Drake, Travis Scott and Wiz Khalifa, who recently revealed on Twitter that he used a Beats Pill to make Lil Uzi Vert's new single "XO TOUR Llif3."
The initial response on Twitter was predictable—"Epic," "Legendary," "Cold"—but considering the Beats Pill is a portable, WiFi-enabled Bluetooth speaker, it just not possible that TM88 used it to actually produce the record.
And sure, enough, just minutes later, he confirmed that the actual beat was produced using FL Studio.
While he doesn't elaborate any further, it's more than likely the speaker was used for playback purposes during the recording session.
To be clear, I'm not trying to call out TM88 for his initial tweet—he already thinks I hate him—but considering people believe just about everything they see on social media these days, it's important to remind everyone to always ask questions.
Update: TM88 read our article and has provided further clarity. "No, I actually had no connections for my speakers so I made it on the Pill," he tweeted. Given that it's very difficult to separate every sound that goes into a beat's construction using a shitty speaker—which compresses all of the sounds—TM88's ability to produce the record by using the Beats Pill as his studio monitor is super impressive.
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